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June 13

Monday 3 June, 6 p.m.: Michael Huttarsch: Among Germans, Czechs and Jews in Moravia in 1923 – 1966. A presentation (and following discussion) of the book of memories of Michael Huttarsch who was born in Brno in 1923. His mother was Jewish while his father was German. His book is a testimony to the fate of people who, thanks to their origin, were unpopular with the political regime and faced much injustice in their life. The story of Michael, who spent half of his life in Moravia, is incredibly gripping and inspirational.  In spite of all the wrongs he did not lose his appetite for life and was always looking towards the future, which finally brought him many enjoyable moments spent with his own family in Germany where he was made to emigrate under the circumstances. The author, Michel Huttarsch, who will celebrate his 90th birthday in June, accepted the invitation for the talk. The book will be available for purchase on the evening. The lecture will be held in collaboration with the Culture and Education Centre of Rabbi Federer at the Brno Jewish Community.                        

Admission CZK 30,-

 

Tuesday 11 June, 6 p.m.: Brno Entrepreneurs and Their Companies in 1764 – 1948. A lecture will be given by Dr. Bohumír Smutný, the head of the Department of Administration and Processing Funds of the Moravian Provincial Archives in Brno. He is the author of an historic encyclopaedia of Brno entrepreneurs and their families. The book contains data from sources, which mostly have not been published yet. Dr. Smutný will not only inform us about the origin of this comprehensive work but will specifically present to us the fates of the most important ancient Jewish entrepreneurial families in Brno. The lecture is held in collaboration with the Culture and Education Centre of Rabbi Federer at the Brno Jewish Community.                                                                             

Admission CZK 30,-

 

Thursday 13 June, 6 p.m.: New Israel? The Displays of Czech Messianism within the Course of Centuries. A lecture by Dr. Petr Hlaváček from the Collegium Europaneum of Charles University in Prague will deal with Czech religious and political messianism when the Czechs (or more likely the Czech elites) put themselves into the role of new Israelis as a chosen nation.                    

Admission CZK 30,-

 

Tuesday 18 June, 6 p.m.: ... So Let Us Finish Our Talk ... the continuation of the talk, which started in March but could not be finished due to a missed train and an early departure, between the vice-chairman of the Brno Jewish Community Pavel Fried and the Chief Rabbi of Prague and the Czech Republic Karol Efraim Sidon...

Admission CZK 30,-

 

Sunday, 19 June, 10:30 a.m.: What Was Life like in Biblical Times ... The Last Story or Where Do We Know All of This from? A whole-year spent travelling the world of the Bible will be finished with a workshop whose theme will be the Hebrew Bible or the Tanah.          Most of the information on the way of life in those times are taken from this source . A workshop for parents and children over five. The meeting is outside the synagogue in Skořepka (the programme will be held in the synagogue).    

Admission CZK 30,-

 

Thursday 20 June, 6 p.m.: In the Traces of Brno Jews. This year Sokol Brno I will lay eight Stones of the Disappeared (Stolpersteine) in several Brno streets dedicated to the Jewish members of the Sokol. Where did they live? What places did they visit? Who were they in touch with and what was the conclusion of their lives? You will learn more about the fates of Viktor Altenstein, Hugo Traub and the Roubíček siblings at a lecture by Michal Doležel on the Jewish members of the Sokol Brno I.                                                    

Admission CZK 30,-

 

The exhibition What Was Life like in Biblical Times… will be held in the hall of the Centre in June. It documents two full-year cycles of Sunday´s workshops for parents and their children that were organized in the Brno branch between 2011 and 2013. Particular panels will introduce through the mediation of photographs, artistic works and exhibited educational materials creative work with children that informed the young participants about Biblical stories and the way of life in those times. Admission free

 

On Sunday 16 June from 2 p.m. a tour of the Jewish cemetery Brno- Židenice has been organized. A lecture by Kateřina Suchánková, the lecturer of the Jewish Museum in Prague, is focused on the fates of culturally and socially important personalities as well as on the members of families of important manufacturers and industrialists.

 Admission CZK 30,-

 

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